A Travellerspoint blog

June 2013

Hanok Village

Here is an old ritualistic village. It was raining, I was sad. Can't wait to leave Korea. Blah.

Murals

Murals


Hanok village

Hanok village


Hanok village

Hanok village


Catholic church

Catholic church


Portrait museum

Portrait museum


Umbilical cord statue?

Umbilical cord statue?


Catholic church

Catholic church


In the trees

In the trees


On top

On top


Pavilion

Pavilion


Murals

Murals

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Massage and foot bath

This was a bad weekend. I got a massage out of it though.

Me with Chinese tea

Me with Chinese tea


Dave and Angie in the footbath

Dave and Angie in the footbath


Me in the foot bath

Me in the foot bath


Fish foot bath

Fish foot bath

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OMG DMZ!

Finally I am going to the DMZ!

Dave booked two seats on a tour to the DMZ. The demilitarized zone in between South Korea and North Korea.

First, we went to an amusement park where you can see the Friendship Bridge, which used to be one of the only links to North Korea. Now, people hang ribbons and messages to friends and family members on it for people on the other side.

Next stop was the "Third Tunnel of Aggression". Which was a tunnel that North Koreans dug but still deny it. It was found in the 1970s. We went deep down underground on an 11 degree slope, then tall people had to bend over and go all the way to the end of it, where there was a small hole, and you could see what I suppose was North Korea. All that was there, was a metal box. Kind of not worth it. No photos allowed, sorry.

There was a water fountain with DMZ spring water. Really fresh because there's no industry around.

Back on the bus, and back to another observation platform, to try and look at North Korea. It was hazy when we were there, and not really interesting.

Then lunch was an elementary school affair. We got fish ovaries, but no one would believe me that's what they were. They still wouldn't eat them just in case.

After lunch we toured around the Joint Security Area, where they have all the talks and try to end the war and make sure no one is doing bad things to each other. It was kind of intense for me. Everything looks like it was built in the 60s and whenever I looked around it was really hard not to see a lot of dead people everywhere. Especially when our guide is telling us stories of death and destruction nonstop.

Me on railway tracks

Me on railway tracks


The DMZ

The DMZ


Me vs. DMZ

Me vs. DMZ


Me and Angie

Me and Angie


Altar

Altar


Dave with the altar

Dave with the altar


Friendship ribbons

Friendship ribbons


Abandoned train

Abandoned train


Friendship bridge

Friendship bridge


Friendship bridge

Friendship bridge


DMZ

DMZ


Me vs. DMZ

Me vs. DMZ


Me vs. DMZ

Me vs. DMZ


Spring water

Spring water


I'm pushing it together

I'm pushing it together


North Korea is over there somewhere

North Korea is over there somewhere


Me vs. North Korea

Me vs. North Korea


On the bus

On the bus


Lunchie timey

Lunchie timey


Lunch vs. Tim

Lunch vs. Tim


DMZ visitor centre

DMZ visitor centre


Conference room

Conference room


Me vs. soldiers

Me vs. soldiers


The border!

The border!


We're in North Korea!

We're in North Korea!


North Korean building

North Korean building


Me vs. North Korea

Me vs. North Korea


North Korea

North Korea


North Korea

North Korea


The bridge of no return

The bridge of no return


Propaganda village

Propaganda village


North Korea

North Korea


Famous tree

Famous tree


Piece of the armistice agreement

Piece of the armistice agreement


Hamburger!

Hamburger!


Me and Dave vs. DMZ

Me and Dave vs. DMZ

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Rooftop barbecue

Well, I decided not to go to Seoul to a rooftop party that I was invited to. Instead, Dave's friends had their own rooftop party in Gunsan. Much easier to get to for me, and probably the people were nicer there anyway.

Maybe I'm a little tipsy in these photos. Ha. Oops.

And my face is burnt.

Yyyyyeahhhh

Yyyyyeahhhh


On the roof

On the roof


Me on the roof

Me on the roof


We're on safari!

We're on safari!


Angie took a lot of pictures

Angie took a lot of pictures


Angie took a lot of pictures

Angie took a lot of pictures

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Weapons fest

Here are some videos of weapons fest. They loaded some bombs onto planes in a race and then everyone got really drunk. Also, I got a horrible sunburn. I was trying to "even out" my tan lines. But now they are even worse.

Pout.

Also, my horrible ear infection continues....

Bomb loading race

Bomb loading race


Bomb loading race

Bomb loading race


Bomb loading race

Bomb loading race


Already a little red...

Already a little red...


Need to report some. Seriously.

Need to report some. Seriously.

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